Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss said the whole country would be “deeply concerned” about Queen Elizabeth’s health after doctors said the 96-year-old should remain under medical supervision.
“The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” she said.
“My thoughts and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”
Doctors are concerned about the health of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and has recommended the 96-year-old remains under medical supervision, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.
Elizabeth remains at her Scottish home Balmoral Castle, the palace said. A palace source said immediate members had been informed.
Prince Charles, Camilla and Prince William are currently travelling to Balmoral, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said. Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, is now with Queen Elizabeth after she was placed under medical supervision, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will travel to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be with Queen Elizabeth following news of the British monarch’s ill health, a spokesperson for the couple said on Thursday.
Britain’s parliament has Queen Elizabeth in its thoughts and prayers following news that doctors were concerned for her health, speaker Lindsay Hoyle said in parliament on Thursday.”I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say we send all the best wishes to her Majesty the Queen,” Hoyle said.
Britain’s national broadcaster the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) interrupted its scheduled programming to switch to rolling news bulletins following the announcement that doctors were concerned for Queen Elizabeth’s health on Thursday.
Keir Starmer, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said he was deeply concerned about news from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth’s health had declined.”Along with the rest of the country, I am deeply worried by the news from Buckingham Palace this afternoon,” he said in a statement.”My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time, and I join everyone across the United Kingdom in hoping for her recovery,” he added.
Earlier, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was forced to cancel a planned virtual meeting with ministers on Wednesday after being advised to rest by her doctors, a day after the 96-year-old monarch appointed Liz Truss as the country’s new prime minister.
“After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged.”
The queen is currently at her Scottish home, Balmoral Castle, where Boris Johnson formally resigned on Tuesday as prime minister and shortly afterwards, where Truss was appointed his successor and the 15th premier of Elizabeth’s reign.
The monarch has been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has called “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year, which have forced her to cut back on engagements since then and reduce her public appearances.
The virtual meeting of the Privy Council would have seen Truss take her oath as First Lord of the Treasury, as well as the swearing in of new cabinet ministers and their appointment as privy counsellors if they did not already occupy this role.
Last week, the queen was forced to miss the Braemar Highland Gathering in Scotland for the first time since she came to the throne 70 years ago because of mobility issues.